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Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar

1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-1314
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.
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English first
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Nice & clean atmosphere!! Great views, friendly staff, & delicious food! Went here with our family and everyone single one was pleased with their food!!

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad your family enjoyed a great meal with us! It's great to hear everyone enjoyed their meal, and it's always wonderful to hear that our staff is friendly and helpful. Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. Hope to see you again soon! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The food here is good enough. Most of the plates are overpriced. The special wasn't very special or good. The appetizers are their best items: oysters Rockefeller, ahi tuna, and raw oysters. The snapper throat in the appetizer menu is really good. Coconut shrimp on dinner menu is good. If you like clam chowder, that is also good.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you've been able to try so many of our menu items, Ginalaur. Our kitchen always uses the best ingredients, so I'm glad to hear you're a big fan of our fresh seafood. While we do our best to keep prices as low as possible, the high quality ingredients do transfer to the dish's price as well as the... More

South Padre Island, Texas
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

The freshest tuna I have ever had, I could eat it all day long! Although it is a bit on the pricier side, it is arguably the best restaurant on the Island and worth every penny. If you don't have a lot to spend at least go sit at the bar and have a martini and an appetizer portion of... More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you're such a fan, Brad! It's great to hear you love our Tuna dish so much. Thanks so much for taking the time to review us! Hope to see you again soon! Best Bob Friedman, Owner More

Port Isabel, Texas
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

Had a great family dinner there the other night. As always food was dellicious and service was great. Got seated towards the back windows and had a beautiful view as well. The Tuna appitizers are great and the stuffed bacon wrapped shrimp are to die for.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

We're thrilled that your family had such a wonderful night with us. It's great to hear you're a fan of our tuna appetizers and bacon wrapped shrimp. We can't wait to see the whole clan again soon! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Delicious food! Good service and people very friendly! I recommend. The place is very beautiful! Comfortable and have a free parking.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your meal with us, Ana! We're thrilled to hear you loved our decor and view. Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. Hope to see you again soon! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

Hawk Point, Missouri
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I love the decor of Sea Ranch. It is gorgeous. The ceilings are painted like the Gulf and there are wooden, carved fish dangling from the ceiling. My eyes were constantly drawn to the ceiling as I ate. Of course the view also demanded my attention. We sat by the window with a view of the marina. This restaurant is... More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you and your daughter enjoyed a nice meal with us, Marjean. We know how difficult it can be to eat King Crab legs so we're glad our prep style help get right to the meat without pricking your fingers. I'm pleased you enjoyed the warm bread and Deep Heat appetizer. It's also great to hear that you loved... More

Bangkok, Thailand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We were there on July 3rd, so the place was packed. Nice enough staff but the food was below par at best.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

We want each and every one of our customers to feel happy and completely satisfied when they dine with us, Larry. While I'm happy to hear our staff was helpful and friendly, it's disappointing to hear you were underwhelmed with your meal. Normally our dishes are cooked to perfection, and I'm sorry to hear we missed the mark for you.... More

Fort Worth, Texas
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I guess no one on the Island takes reservations - they don't at Sea Ranch. We were told our wait would be 45 minutes - but it was closer to 25, which was nice. Once seated, our server was prompt, food came out in a timely manner, and it was quite tasty. A good wine selection as well. They do... More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you stopped by! It's great to hear your whole party had a great time and that everything was to you liking. I'm also pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed the blackened Red Snapper and impressed with our wine selections.Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. Hope we'll see you again soon! Best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We decided to have dinner here during our stay at SPI and I must admit....it was worth every penny! The service, drinks and food were excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everybody and anybody that asks. A+++

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

We're so thrilled you had such a great time dining with us. It's wonderful to hear that everything, from the service to your entrees, was on point. Thanks so much for the kind words. We hope to see you again next time you're visiting South Padre Island. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

San Antonio, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Definitely worth the wait. Fried seafood platter was outstanding as was the accompanying salad. Service was great as well. Waiter even brought a free soup to the one member of our party who did not originally get a salad/soup with their meal.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Our customer's happiness is the top priority to us, so we're always happy to go the that little extra mile. I'm thrilled you enjoyed your fried seafood platter. And it's always nice to hear when our staff does a great job, so I'll be sure to pass along the compliments. Hope you'll come back to visit soon! Best, Bob Friedman,... More

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